Working From Home? Bali Wants to Let You Work From the Beach Tax-Free

A special five-year visa for digital nomads is in the works.

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(SPOT.ph) Freelancing, where a person works for themselves rather than for a company, is nothing new. But with restrictions on movement amid the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the acceleration of a digital shift, more and more people are seeing the perks of freelancing. You don't have to commute for two hours to get to your boring 9-to-6 job, for one. And if you're a fan of WFB (a.k.a. work-from-home turned work-from-beach), Bali, Indonesia is hoping to jumpstart its tourism by inviting long-staying travelers to the island. And by long-staying, they mean digital nomads who can work from anywhere.

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Bali's Digital Nomad Visa

In a Bloomberg interview with Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno on June 20, he mentioned a special five-year visa for remote workers to bring in up to 3.6 million overseas travelers back to Bali.

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"In the past, the three S was: sun, sea, and sand. We’re moving it to serenity, spirituality, and sustainability. This way we’re getting better quality and better impact [on] the local economy," Uno told Bloomberg Television’s Yvonne Man and Rishaad Salamat. He also said that up to 95% of freelancers prefer to work in Bali, Indonesia.

This proposition allows travelers to live tax-free, as long as their income is from outside of Indonesia and doesn't interfere with the local labor market. After all, they wouldn't want local residents to be pushed out of their jobs, but rather create more jobs for Indonesians.

Steps to apply for this special visa have yet to be disclosed.

At present, fully vaccinated Philippine passport holders can enter Bali quarantine-free through the Visa Exemption Arrangement scheme (effective April 6), which is valid for 30 days, or through the Visa on Arrival scheme, which is also valid for 30 days but can be extended for another month. Both apply only if you arrive directly in Bali (not in Jakarta or any other airport in Indonesia).

Here are the latest Bali travel requirements (as of June 8) for a quarantine-free entry:

  • Philippine passport (valid for at least six months)
  • Return ticket or connecting ticket to continue traveling to another country
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • PeduliLindungi mobile app registration

For more information, visit the official website of the Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia.

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